Livestock is a performing and visual arts community development company. Its practice is to run creative projects that engage with the themes of mental health, psychology and well-being using the arts
Our primary project is Mothers Uncovered, which is a creative support network for new mothers. We want to give mothers the chance to talk openly and honestly about their feelings and experiences, without fear of judgement. There are many Mother and Baby groups, but these are often informal drop-ins, not suitable for discussing issues that might be difficult or painful. The aim is to take away the stigma of 'not coping' engendered by post-natal depression groups, for the issues to be re-addressed as challenges to be shared.
We also want to give mothers the chance to celebrate and mark this point in their lives through engaging in a range of art form processes (workshops, arts projects, performances). It is very easy for a new mother to feel sidelined by the focus that is naturally placed on the baby. By becoming involved in the arts, the work acts as validation for what they are experiencing. Subsequently, this work is shared with others through exhibition and performance, increasing the benefits in terms of self-esteem.
We have been providing this service in the Brighton & Hove area since 2008, but would dearly like the work to spread nationwide, both in the replication of ideas from the groups, but also in an online presence and publications of mothers' work.
Livestock aims to:
- To support mothers, especially first-time mothers, to feel more confident in their role as a mother and to help them explore their experiences and feelings through a range of art-form processes.
- To increase public understanding and awareness about motherhood within society and to increase pressure on medical bodies/the government to increase resources and support for new mothers.
Established: October 2007
Registered Charity Number: 1122091
Board members: 6
Part time staff: 2
Phone number: 01273 235336
Address: 110 Pankhurst Avenue Brighton BN2 9YNView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
Mothers Uncovered Arts WorkshopsMothers Uncovered is a creative support network for mothers in the Brighton area. We run w... More